The Art of Amy Letts

Raven Spirit

Original Available: Yes
Guide Price: £70.00
Size: 9.5 x 12.5 inches (24 X 32cm)
Key Colours: Black, Orange, and Ultramarine Blue
Art Form: Painting
Medium: Acrylic
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Raven Spirit is an acrylic painting based on the American Indian myth of Raven. The story goes that a mean cheif was hoarding the only source of light (the sun). Since Raven was tired of flying around in the dark, he conceived to steal it. The chief had a beautiful daughter whom he loved very much, so Raven (a shapeshifter) turned into a cedar leaf. He floated down and landed in her drink, which she then swallowed. Much to everyone’s surprise she became pregnant.

When the baby was born the Chief doted on it and gave it everything it wanted, until one day it would not stop crying. The Chief tried everything he could think of. He offered the child all kinds of things to play with, but it still cried. Finally he unlocked the box that contained the Sun. No sooner had he done this than Raven turned back into a bird, seized the sun and flew away. Now Raven’s feathers were originally white, but as he carried the sun the soot from it turned his feathers black. They stayed that way forever, even to this day. That is way Raven’s have back feathers. When he had flown high enough Raven hung the sun up in the sky again thus giving light to the whole world.

Raven Spirit depicts Raven carrying the sun and his feathers turning from white to black. He holds the sun in his long beak and it shines brightly, bringing the first dawn. Raven’s eyes reflect the orange glow. You can see every detail of his feathers and a subtle graduation from white to black. His black feathers contrast against the brightness of the sun, and his white feathers standing out against the receding darkness.

The Raven has many stories associated with it and is an American Indian Animal Totem or Spirit Guide. It is said not to come to those who are seeking wisdom but those who have it already. The Raven Spirit is known as a Secret Keeper because of it’s behaviour: it will stand, seem to listen, and then fly away. Ravens can make a variety of sounds and even imitate human speech. Because of this, and the way their feathers reflect colours when the light shines on them, they are believed to be able to change their shape. When seen in dreams Raven Spirit is an omen of change.

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